At stage 2, Education Committee members suggested various ways in which a guidance power might be useful at a number of points in the bill. In particular, Elaine Murray proposed a power in respect of section 18 concerning police information and Iain Smith proposed guidance about the meaning of "regulated work" in the context of the regularity and frequency of that work, which was one of the subjects of debate at stage 2.
In response, I made a commitment to lodge an amendment placing ministers under a duty to issue guidance on the operation of the scheme generally. We had always intended to have such a duty, and it is helpful to put the power in the bill. Accordingly, amendment 5 places a duty on ministers to provide guidance on such matters as they consider appropriate in relation to the operation of parts 1 and 2 of the bill.
I move amendment 5.